DATE : Saturday 14 June 2014
The LORD our God spake unto us
in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt
long enough in this mount:
Deuteronomy 1:6
Deuteronomy 1:6-8
6 The LORD our God spake unto us
in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt
long enough in this mount:
7 Turn you, and take your journey,
and go to the mount of the
Amorites, and unto all the places
nigh thereunto, in the plain, in the
hills, and in the vale, and in the
south, and by the sea side, to the
land of the Canaanites, and unto
Lebanon, unto the great river, the
river Euphrates.
8 Behold, I have set the land
before you: go in and possess the
land which the LORD sware unto
your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and
Jacob, to give unto them and to
their seed after them.
– 12 and PSALM 120 – 122
God is the Creator of the heavens
and the earth, and as such, He is
familiar with His creation to the
extent that He knows that human
beings are averse to making
changes in life. We have a terrible
tendency of becoming attached to
locations and activities, such that
we refuse to move on when we
should. Consequently, God gave
the call for His people to move on
at different times in the Bible. For
the children of Israel in the
wilderness, the taking up of the
cloud from the tabernacle of
testimony was a signal that they
should prepare to move on
(Numbers 10:11-13). People prefer
to continue doing what they have
done repeatedly for years because
they have gotten used to it and
feel at home with familiar activities
and environments. We stay on
activities longer than we should,
meetings run longer than
necessary and we prefer to
maintain the status quo.
Sometimes, in order to avoid
making changes, we even ignore
God’s directives.
The truth is that we fear the
unknown and would rather not
take the risk of charting a new
course. Meanwhile, progress can
only come when we dare to move
forward. We prevent God from
doing marvelous things in our lives
because we are so fearful and
faithless that we refuse to move
forward. Moreover, all the heroes
of the Bible, from Abraham, to
Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses,
Samuel, David and the prophets
were all made to pass through the
process of change in order to fulfill
their destiny. Therefore, change is
tied to success and is inevitable
for anyone who would be
successful in life. In Deuteronomy
1:6-8, God called Moses from the
mountain where he was
complacent, to enter the land of
the Amorites and Canaanites
where there were great warriors.
This instruction appeared to be a
risk to the lives of the children of
Israel, but Moses obeyed in
Deuteronomy 2:1-3:
“Then we turned, and took our
journey into the wilderness by the
way of the Red sea, as the LORD
spake unto me: and we compassed
mount Seir many days. And the
LORD spake unto me, saying, Ye
have compassed this mountain
long enough: turn you northward.”
However, reluctance is evident in
his obedience, as they foot-
dragged for many days until the
Lord spoke again that they should
turn towards the North. What is
God calling you to do now? What
comforts is He calling you to leave
behind? What have you been
ignoring? Have faith and move on.
Prayer Point
Father, wherever you lead me I
promise to follow; please help me
to be receptive to changes.


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